David Lind Takes Witness Stand in 1990 Nash/Diles Trial

He’s got a way with words!

I had somehow missed this article, but it has some great David Lind stuff in it. I wonder if Dave had that Jersey-esque accent and whistled on some of his S’s like Dylan McDermott had portrayed in the movie? I am curious if McDermott heard audio of David while preparing for the role (of a lifetime!).


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An admitted participant in the robbery prosecutors believe triggered the murders, Lind took the witness stand for most of last week.

He and a friend went to the Hollywood police station the day after the murders, claiming to know who the killers were.

The tattooed, gray-bearded Lind, 49, was frequently cantankerous and profane. He began many of his courtroom answers with “Try this . . . ,” and finished others with “You got that, pal?”

“We have established I’m not a very nice guy and I lie sometimes,” he said at one point after being questioned about his drug-and-robbery-studded past. But “no matter what I’ve done, I never killed anybody. They did,” he said, pointing to Nash and Diles.

He testified that his memory of events nearly nine years ago is hazy and clouded by drug use.

However, Lind said he does remember his apprehension about the robbery. And the feeling that “the certain type of dope dealer you didn’t rob was Mr. Nasrallah (Nash). It was obvious from the time we got in the house that we were over our heads.”

Lind said that he and the other two men who did the actual robbery cheated Holmes, who planned it, and McCourt, the driver of the getaway car, out of their fair share of the loot.

The witness said he had been staying at the Wonderland Avenue house, but did not come home the night before his girlfriend, Richardson, and the others were killed. He testified that he stayed with a prostitute at a San Fernando Valley motel and then lingered to transact several drug deals. He said a friend called him with news of the slayings.

“He said, ‘Everybody’s dead, don’t go to the house.’ ”


LA Times Article. March 21, 1990.